Sunday, December 10, 2006

Former CJ likely to head NHRC

Former chief justice Mohan Prasad Sharma is likely to be the new chief of the National Human Rights Commission if the cabinet endorses his name. Sharma’s name is likely to be proposed in the cabinet meeting this week, said a top government official. Chances of the cabinet approving Sharma’s name as the new NHRC chairman in the meeting are quite high, he said.

“Sharma is a strong contender for the post of new NHRC chairman and the cabinet would discuss his name,” said the source requesting anonymity. However, names of the probable candidates for the posts of NHRC members are yet to finalised, according to him.All former NHRC members led by chairman Nain Bahadur Khatri had resigned from the commission on July 9 citing unfavourable working condition as the main cause of their resignation.

They had quit the NHRC at a time when the seven political parties were all set to initiate an impeachment motion against the NHRC members in the Parliament.
The NHRC office bearers posts continue to be vacant since then.

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